Corey Nelson LB 6-0 210 Dallas 4 stars The steal of this class, Nelson makes an immediate splash.
Special teams/contributorGeneo GrissomDE6-4230 Hutchison, Kan.4 stars Sooners are deep at end, but Grissom is a future star. Austin HaywoodTE6-4245 Southmoore4 stars Assuming he qualifies, Haywood has enough talent to get on the field. Trey MillardTE6-2245 Columbia, Mo.4 stars Depth issues at tight end are gone with him and Haywood. Kenny StillsWR6-2175 Carlsbad, Calif.4 stars Spring will be telling, but Stills is most polished WR in this class. Tyrus ThompsonOL6-6280 Pflugerville, Texas4 stars Needs time to develop, but OU might need him ASAP on two-deep at tackle. Austin WoodsOL6-5290 Rockwall, Texas4 stars Could become Ben Habern’s primary backup at center.
Likely redshirtBlake BellQB6-6210 Wichita, Kan.4 stars Sky is the limit, but for now this is Landry Jones’ team. Aaron ColvinDB6-0180 Owasso3 stars Quality signee, but OU is loaded in the secondary. Rashod FavorsLB6-2215 Fort Worth3 stars OU might struggle finding playing time for its returning linebackers. Aaron FranklinLB6-1205 Marshall, Texas3 stars Same goes for Franklin; linebacker not an immediate need. Trey FranksWR5-9170 Orange, Texas3 stars Future slot man learns from Ryan Broyles. Quentin HayesDB6-1175 Lancaster, Texas3 stars Too many DBs for Hayes to play immediately. James HaynesDB6-0180 Orange, Texas4 stars Defensive backfield is deep, which puts Haynes a season away from contributing. Sheldon McClainWR6-2175 Cibolo, Texas3 stars Coming off ACL surgery, McClain needs another year to regain full strength. Chuka NdulueDE6-3240 Dallas3 stars Solid looking prospect, but Ndulue not ready to contribute. Daniel NobleDT6-4275 Flower Mound, Texas3 stars Sooners want to avoid playing all of their incoming tackles as true freshmen. Torrea PetersonDT6-4300 San Antonio3 stars DTs just don’t play early in Jackie Shipp’s system. Joe PowellWR5-11175 Dallas3 stars Receiving corps looks shored up. Powell can use the year to soak up the offense. Adam SheadOL6-4315 Cedar Hill, Texas3 stars Big frame, but needs to spend the season reworking his body. Damon WilliamsDT6-4300 Irving, Texas3 stars A future run-stuffer for the Sooner front. Daryl WilliamsOL6-5270 Corinth, Texas4 stars Possesses interesting upside, but needs time to develop some bulk. Julian WilsonDB6-2175 Southmoore3 stars Because of five talented DBs in the previous class, Wilson redshirts. BY JAKE TROTTER